Non-Entangling & Biodegradable FADs Guide

ISSF’s Non-Entangling & Biodegradable FADs guide for tuna fishers, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), governments, and vessel owners shows research-based best practices in Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) design — both to avoid bycatch and reduce marine pollution.

Four tuna RFMOs already require fleets in their regions that fish with FADs to use only non-entangling designs. Some RFMOs additionally encourage fleets to build those FADs with biodegradable materials. The guide, first published in 2012 and revised in 2019 to include the biodegradable recommendation, is available in several languages.

ISSF #BycatchProject Overview

Date Added: August 13, 2015
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Tags: Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, science
Language: English

Description

Since 2011, ISSF has sponsored a series of cruises for scientific researchers to work with fishers to find methods to mitigate bycatch and better understand how fish behave around FADs. These globally coordinated cruises covered the Indian and Pacific Oceans and lasted anywhere from 11 days to two and a half months. The research team worked to gain scientific inputs to initiate improvements within the tuna purse seine fishery to reduce the environmental impact of fishing for tuna with FADs. Each cruise accomplished a series of tasks to test improved gear designs and study the behavior of tuna and non-targeted species gathering at FADs. Researchers also tracked the survival of sharks released after being caught.